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big h
Jan-25-2010, 7:29pm
post a pic of your tortoise bound mando.

Jan-25-2010, 7:44pm
You didn't say Simon Says! :grin:

Here's a tortoise bound mandolin bound to a tortoise.


big h
Jan-25-2010, 7:46pm
Perfect! This is just what I was looking for!

Joe F
Jan-25-2010, 8:31pm
Triple-tortoise binding on my Clark F5 #27. It was a cost upgrade, but very well worth it.

Jan-25-2010, 9:55pm
Thats awesome Joe.

Jan-25-2010, 10:12pm
My Holst 2 point:

Jill McAuley
Jan-25-2010, 11:30pm
I love the tortoise binding with that honey colour finish, what a lovely contrast!


Jan-26-2010, 2:24am
Brock A headstock..

Jan-26-2010, 7:48am
A custom "ultimate" Neoclassical with sound port, and tortoise binding with some abalone purfling to keep it company.

Jan-27-2010, 11:48pm
Some really amateur pictures of my BRW J-16. I'm going to cheat and link to some better pictures of the mandolin by the previous owner, Mandomick.


Everything is the same except I changed the tuner buttons to ebony.


Geoff B
Jan-28-2010, 12:44am
built this for a customer a little over a year ago...

Jan-28-2010, 1:30pm
Kawlija , my wooden headed banjo uke , got bound around that edge with Tortoise Binding.

of a general's from Epaulet stars . tried for nickel , but nickels are mostly copper now.

so they came out darker..

Steve Sorensen
Jan-28-2010, 1:41pm
These pictures are making me want to move Tortoise binding up a hare in my building priority list . . .

Jan-28-2010, 3:15pm
Here's a headsstock...

Jan-28-2010, 4:23pm
I've posted these pics before, but this is a good excuse to do so again: my Newell A style:




Mandolin Mick
Jan-28-2010, 4:44pm
Hey, Geoff B., That's a nice looking mandolin!!!

Jan-28-2010, 5:13pm
Here you go.

Jan-29-2010, 9:10am
Honey Amber Weber Yellowstone

Jan-29-2010, 10:08am
O man! I dont know which I like better: tortoise shell binding on a blond mando or the triple white/tort/white binding on a dark mando...both look awesome. Thanks for posting those pics (dang, I sure love looking at beautiful mandolins.......):mandosmiley:

Marni Sorrick
Feb-06-2010, 1:08pm
Geoff - your photo of that A model you said you built last year - that is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

Dan Adams
Feb-06-2010, 7:13pm
For those of you admiring Geoff's work on the Triple iii, it is even more stunning when you hold the mandolin. Geoff was great to work with during the construction and really has a passion for his craft. It sounds better than it looks; for an instrument that is about 1 1/2 years old it is loud and gets more complex every time it is played. It's a pleasure to own that particular instrument. Dan

Steve Hinde
Feb-10-2010, 8:32pm
I made this one a few years ago.


Feb-10-2010, 10:53pm
How bout this one? Ben deserves more love IMO.

Feb-10-2010, 11:07pm
This is my Austin Clark oval hole.

Bill Van Liere
Feb-11-2010, 8:41pm
That's a sweeet lookin BRW PJ

Do you still have it?

Daniel Nestlerode
Feb-17-2010, 11:44pm
My Vessel has a pretty dark red finish on the back so getting enough contrast on the tortoise for a photo is not easy. This is really by design.

But Gary did get a shot of it that shows both the color and the binding.


Feb-18-2010, 12:17am
That's a sweeet lookin BRW PJ

Do you still have it?

No, that's a new mandolin that Ben has available now. He sent me pics, it's pretty. If memory serves he's asking $4,100, it's red spruce with a varnish finish.

big h
Feb-19-2010, 12:37am
I really like the single bound tortoise look.